On Wednesday, the Bengals announced that they have agreed to terms on an extension with Zac Taylor. The new deal extends Taylor through the 2026 season.
While many fans questioned Taylor's decision-making during the Bengals' Super Bowl LVI loss to the Los Angeles Rams, he brought the team closer to glory than any coach since the late-great Sam Wyche in 1988. It's a well-deserved extension.
In his first two years at the helm, Taylor's Bengals went 6-25-1. But in 2021 they went 10-7, winning the AFC North for the first time in over five years. They then won their first playoff game in decades before going on a magical AFC title run.
Once a star quarterback at Nebraska, Zac Taylor went into coaching soon after a short professional playing career. He got his first NFL job in 2012 with the Miami Dolphins but quickly climbed the coaching ranks under
In 2017, Taylor was hired as the assistant receivers coach of the Los Angeles Rams under Sean McVay. The following year, he was promoted to QBs coach and oversaw a superb season by quarterback Jared Goff. For helping develop Goff into a Super Bowl quarterback, the Bengals hired him.
Taylor still has a little bit of work to do before he reaches that upper echelon of coaches - specifically, Super Bowl winners. But he's turned the Bengals around a lot faster than people expected.
Would you have given Zac Taylor that big extension?